Ventolin Art Space//NEWNOW Art Space
East Sapphires is a collaborative exhibition between Ventolin Art Space and NEWNOW Art Space. As part of this project Ghost Sensation is the exhibition curated by Ursula Cooper that will be hosted by NEWNOW Art Space in Frankfurt, Germany.
Ghost sensation, a term coined for Ventolin Art Space’s exhibition, is intended as a starting point for a visual investigation that interrogates concepts that cross a boundary between rationality and belief. This concept encompasses phenomena that exceeds or blurs limits of rationality. This is a highly contentious subject at the scrutiny of sceptics and believers, but describes an intangible sensation that is impossible to ignore. Please visit https://www.ventolinartspace.com/ to find out more about this project.
EAST SAPPHIRES for NEWNOW
Michal Plata/ PL
Larisa Crunteanu/ RO/PL
Alexandra Mocan/ RO
Ada Muntean/ RO
Xandra Popescu/ RO
Gabriel Stoian/ RO
Mihai Iepure Gorsk i/ RO
- A collection of stories told by natives of east European countries.
East in this project stands for the eastern part of the European continent. There is no consensus on the precise area it covers, mostly because the term has a wide range of geopolitical, geographical, cultural, and socioeconomic connotations. There are "almost as many definitions of Eastern Europe as there are scholars of the region". A related United Nations paper adds that "every assessment of spatial identities is essentially a social and cultural construct".
Arguably the most referred meaning was created during the Cold War and used more or less synonymously with the term Eastern Bloc. A similar definition names the formerly communist European states outside the Soviet Union as Eastern Europe. Majority of historians and social scientists view such definitions as outdated or relegated, but they are still sometimes used for statistical purposes.
This exhibition brings together a group of artists born or living in countries such as Romania, Poland, etc. associated with the term of east European. Displaying a fresh outlook on what the east stands for today, seven video pieces made by seven emergent artists more or less belonging to the same generation: Michal Plata, Gabriel Stoian, Larisa Crunteanu, Xandra Popescu, Alexandra Mocan, Mihai Iepure Gorsky and Ada Muntean. The videos present in this selection document certain stereotypical background while others are ironical interpretations depicting a high temporal contrast or just simple observations over current times. All the pieces sum up to offer a glimpse on what East Europe is about. A raw insight or just hello form the other side where things did not go as planned...
Image credit: Michal Plata